Chatta: Our Story

Chatta evolved from a long term project with nurseries and childminders across Hull, as Chris Williams led a project with the city’s Early Years Team. The aim of the project was to support parents and practitioners in helping children develop essential early skills in language and communication. The ‘chatta’ approach was developed based on strong evidence […] Read more

Independent Controlled Trial

chatta was developed in Hull alongside hundreds of early years practitioners and under the guidance of senior early years advisors along with the continued input of speech and language therapists. It is a way of teaching that links play, experiences, learning and above all language development. It has taken almost two years to prepare the training, resources, website, […] Read more

Bringing the classroom onto the beach in Hornsea Nursery School

This article, which first appeared in Teach Early Years magazine (February 2016 edition) Chris Williams, Early Language Consultant, describes a ‘beach school’ programme making waves in East Yorkshire. The resources available to nurseries and early years settings always extend beyond the walls of the building, whatever the weather. Following on from the successful and powerful impact of an […] Read more

Tackling Language Development in Lyons Hall Primary School, Essex

Lyons Hall Primary School in Braintree, Essex, is tackling language development issues in reception age children by enlisting an exciting new approach to language learning. “Some children are coming into school with significantly lower abilities in speaking and listening,” says headteacher Andrew Smith. “This is causing concern to the local authority.” Lyons Hall staff were […] Read more